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Catalyst has created a National Awareness Days calendar for 2020. You may find this useful for planning-related events throughout the year.

MonthDateAwareness CampaignNotes
January1st - 31stDry JanuaryDry January is the UK's one-month booze-free challenge that helps millions reset their relationship with alcohol every year.
27th Holocaust Memorial DayMarks the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp, it is the day for everyone to remember the millions of people killed in the Holocaust. Organised by The Holocaust Memorial Day Trust (HMDT).
25th Chinese New YearYear of the Rat
30thYoung Carers Awareness DayThe purpose of the day is to raise public awareness of the challenges faced by young people because of their caring role, and to campaign for greater support for young carers and their needs.
February1st - 29thLGBT History MonthThis year’s theme is Poetry, Prose and Plays
3rd-9thSexual Abuse & Sexual Awareness WeekCampaign to raise public awareness about sexual violence and educate communities on how to prevent it.
3rd-9thChildrens Mental Health WeekShines a spotlight on the importance of children and young people’s mental health.
4thWorld Cancer Day World Cancer Day is an international day marked on February 4 to raise awareness of cancer and to encourage its prevention, detection, and treatment.
6th Time to Talk DayTime To Talk Day brings the nation together to get talking and break the silence around mental health problems
10th-16thStudent Volunteering WeekA week-long celebration of everything to do with student volunteering! Used to recognise and thank student volunteers, and to encourage volunteering.
11th Safer Internet DaySafer Internet Day promotes the safe and positive use of digital technology for children and young people and inspire a national conversation.
14thInternational Book Giving DayAll about getting books into the hands of as many children as possible on 14th February #bookgivingday
17th National Random Acts of Kindness Day National Random Acts of Kindness Day has grown in popularity each year. It is celebrated by individuals, groups and organizations nationwide to encourage acts of kindness.
24th-8thFairtrade Fortnight Annual event organised and funded by the Fairtrade Foundation to increase awareness of Fairtrade products.
March1st-8thTime for a Cuppa'Time for a Cuppa' is a Dementia UK initiative. It aims to raise funds for Admiral Nurses. No matter what size, every tea party makes a difference to the lives of families facing dementia.
7thWorld Book DayWorld Book Day is a registered charity on a mission to give every child and young person a book of their own. It’s also a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and (most importantly) it’s a celebration of reading.
8thInternational Women's DayIt is a focal point in the movement for women's rights.
11thNational No Smoking DayAn annual health awareness day in the United Kingdom which is intended to help smokers who want to quit smoking.
15thRed Nose Day (Comic Relief)As well as fundraising, they also help to raise awareness around some important issues where they work with others to have the biggest impact in creating lasting change.
18th Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day The National Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day aims to highlight the issues surrounding CSE; encouraging everyone to think, spot and speak out against abuse and adopt a zero tolerance to adults developing inappropriate relationships with children or children developing inappropriate relationships with other children.
April1st-30thNational Stress Awareness MonthStress Awareness Month has been held every April, since 1992 to increase public awareness about both the causes and cures for our modern stress epidemic.
30th-5th World Autism Awareness DayWorld Autism Awareness Day aims to encourage Member States of the United Nations to take measures to raise awareness about people with Autism Spectrum Disorder throughout the world.
7thWorld Health DayA global health awareness day celebrated every year on 7 April, under the sponsorship of the World Health Organisation.
8th-16thPassoverJews celebrate Passover as a commemoration of their liberation by God from slavery in ancient Egypt and their freedom as a nation under the leadership of Moses.
10th/12thGood Friday/Easter SundayA festival and holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus from the dead.
15th International Microvolunteering DayThe day provides us with an opportunity to deepen our understanding of the values of cultural diversity and to advance the four goals of the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions adopted on 20 October 2005.
20thVolunteering Recognition DayVolunteer Recognition Day honors all volunteers who are working on behalf of others without being motivated by financial or material gain.
22ndInternational Mother Earth Day It recognizes that "the Earth and its ecosystems are our home" and that "it is necessary to promote harmony with nature and the Earth.
28thWorld Day for Safety and Health at WorkThis year, the World Day for Safety and Health at Work and the World Day Against Child Labour are coming together in a joint campaign to improve the safety and health of young workers and end child labour.
May1st-31stLocal and Community History MonthMission is to 'inspire, enable and encourage' people across all walks of life to get involved with history, and the Local and Community history month is one of their ways to do it.
6th-12thRed Cross WeekDuring Red Cross Week, people across the UK come together to help raise money for people in crisis.
9thWorld Fairtrade DayAn inclusive worldwide festival of events celebrating Fair Trade as a tangible contribution to the fight against poverty and exploitation, climate change and the economic crisis that has the greatest impact on the world’s most vulnerable populations.
11th-24thFoster Care Fortnight The Fostering Network's annual campaign to raise the profile of fostering and to show how foster care transforms lives. It is also the UK's biggest foster carer recruitment campaign.
11th-17thNational Vegetarian WeekHighlights to the wider public the benefits and pleasures of a meat-free diet.
17th National Children's DayNational Children's Day UK is all about the importance of a healthy childhoodand how we need to protect the rights and freedoms of children in order to ensure that they can grow into happy, healthy adults.
17thInternational Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and BiphobiaThe International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia aims to coordinate international events that raise awareness of LGBT rights violations and stimulate interest in LGBT rights work worldwide.
18th-24thMental Health Awareness WeekThis year's theme is 'sleep'. The week will focus on the connections between our sleep - or lack of it and mental health.
21stWorld Day for Cultural DiversityThe day provides us with an opportunity to deepen our understanding of the values of cultural diversity and to advance the four goals of the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions adopted on 20 October 2005
24thEid-ul-FitrMajor Muslim celebration, which marks the end of Ramadan. Muslims fasting for 30 days, from sunrise to sunset during Ramadan.
28thWorld Hunger DayWorld Hunger Day is an initiative by The Hunger Project. Started in 2011, it aims to celebrate sustainable solutions to hunger and poverty. This year, the day will highlight the importance of fostering self-reliance, upholding principles of human dignity and recognizing that every human is inherently creative, resourceful, responsible and productive.
June1st-7thVolunteers WeekAn annual celebration observed in many countries, to promote and show appreciation for volunteerism and volunteering.
8th-14thDiabetes WeekRaising awareness of diabetes and what changes people can make in order to reduce their risk is the main aim of the charity. They are also involved with campaigning, funding research and offering support and advice to current sufferers.
8th-14thCarers WeekAn annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK.
15th - 20thSmall Charities WeekA celebration of the work of small charities across the country (those with a turnover under £1 million). Each day of the week is themed to maximise the support opportunities available for small charities.
15th-21stRefugee WeekThe UK's largest festival celebrating the contribution of refugees and promoting understanding of why people seek sanctuary.
July1st-31st 22nd-28thNational Picnic Month/WeekNational Picnic Month/Week encourages you to get out and celebrate the warm summer days and find your love and wonder of the outdoors again while enjoying some great food!
6th-12th Health Information WeekHealth Information Week is a national, multi-sector campaign to promote high quality information for patients and the public.
24th Samaritans Awareness DayTalk To Us is the annual Samaritan's awareness-raising campaign. The aim is to spread awareness and raise funds for the important work the Samaritans do.
31stEid-ul-AdhaMajor Muslim 2.5 day celebration, which marks the end of Hajj. Hajj is an annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, the holiest city for Muslims.
August19th International Youth DayInternational Youth Day is an awareness day designated by the United Nations. The purpose of the day is to draw attention to a given set of cultural and legal issues surrounding youth.
September5thInternational Day of CharityThe International Day of Charity is observed annually on 5 September. It was declared by the United Nations General Assembly in 2012.
10thWorld Suicide Prevention DayAn awareness day which aims to provide worldwide commitment and action to prevent suicides, with various activities around the world since 2003.
21stInternational Day of PeaceUnofficially known as World Peace Day, is a United Nations-sanctioned holiday observed annually on 21 September.
25thWorld's Biggest Coffee MorningMacmillan Cancer Support's biggest fundraising event. Each year, people in the UK and worldwide host their own Coffee Morning.
27th-28thYom KippurAlso known as the Day of Atonement, is the holiest day of the year in Judaism. Its central themes are atonement and repentance.
October1st-31stBlack History MonthA month of remembering important people and events in the history of the African diaspora.
1st-31stStoptober & Go SoberThis campaign aims to raise awareness of cancer and to improve people's health. It encourages people to commit to giving up smoking and alcohol during the month of October and raises money for people facing cancer.
1st International Day of Old PersonsTo recognise the contributions of older persons and to examine issues that affect their lives.
10thWorld Mental Health DayA day for global mental health education, awareness and advocacy against social stigma.
16th World Food DayWorld Food Day promotes global awareness and action for those who suffer from hunger and for the need to ensure healthy diets for all. Initiated by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) it is one of the most celebrated days of the UN calendar.
18thAnti-Slavery DayAn Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom to introduce a national day to raise awareness of the need to eradicate all forms of slavery, human trafficking and exploitation.
19th-23rdCharity Fraud Awareness WeekCharity Fraud Awareness Week promotes openness and honesty about fraud. It brings together everyone involved in the charity and not-for-profit sectors to raise awareness and share good practice in tackling fraud and financial crime.
November4th - 8thTrustees WeekTrustees’ Week is an annual event to showcase the great work that trustees do and highlight opportunities for people from all walks of life to get involved and make a difference.
11th-15thAnti-Bullying WeekAims to raise awareness of bullying of children and young people, in schools and elsewhere, and to highlight ways of preventing and responding to it.
14thDiwaliFestival of light, one the biggest Hindu celebrations.
19thInternational Men's DayCelebrates worldwide the positive value men bring to the world, their families and communities.
25thWhite Ribbon DayA global movement of men and boys working to end male violence against women and girls.
21stCarers Right DayAims to help people in their community find out about their rights as a carer and where to go for support.
December1stAids Awareness Day/World AIDS dayWorld AIDS Day is an international day dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection and mourning those who have died of the disease.
5thInternational Volunteer DayRecognizes volunteers worldwide – with a special focus on local community volunteers – who contribute to making their communities more resilient against natural disasters, economic stresses and political shocks.
10th Human Rights DayHuman Rights Day is the day in 1948 the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It was proclaimed as a "common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations", towards which individuals and societies should "strive by progressive measures, national and international, to secure their universal and effective recognition and observance".
10th-18thHunukkahHanukkah is a Jewish festival commemorating the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt against the Seleucid Empire.
25thChristmasMajor Christian celebration of the Birth of Christ (Jesus).

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Disclaimer: This list is not designed to be exhaustive, we have selected those that are most appropriate for the wider VCSE sector. If you think we have missed out anything that would be of use to the sector, please contact Fiza Iqbal by emailing – or call 01642 733906.